Alex once gave me this hypothesis that people in a city being indifferent is due to the fact that they are in a CITY.
Birds in countrysides flock together and would fly back to ask more fellows if the forefront ones found some food. Birds in urban areas however, are very competitive and they bump into each other and never share food, everyone gets into a pit and contends for food thrown by tourists.
Such scenario is bizarre at first sight.
My take on why Chinese people are very indifferent is fourfold:
- There are too many past events that make general public unable to be empathetic.
- Materialism inside the country.
- Extremely fast development speed.
- People’s minds are pretty skewed by the system.
However, such indifference can also be found inside Montreal and Toronto? I am not even sure now.
Is it really because when cities are old, people are also very “old”? People start to become indifferent, start to become wary of surroundings, start to become even hostile if stirred up.
The passing faces of each person inside a city best describe a city’s vibes. One can be “happy” when he introduces himself to a new person, but facial expression seldomly lies. It records your current mood and thoughts. If you ignore their faces, it’s like asking everybody to ignore the elephant in the room.
The theory might hold true, as a city grows old, the people living inside also grow old.
Old cities have all sorts of “previous generation” problems. Problems that did not get solved in the past and are inherited, apparently, to present. New cities tend to be more vibrant and buoyant. Since there aren’t many problems present, and problems can be solved fairly quick since a good system is already emplaced. Old cities have to deal with the past problems and upgrade themselves into the new system, which requires a lot of time and care in order to get done.
But generally, it might hold true to say that metropolises have more indifferent people than in countrysides.
However, it’s not a theory that can hold much ground.